The “he” was interim Shelby County Mayor Joe Ford, and, before an audience composed largely of fellow candidates and office-holders, Ford answered it forthwith, informing the attendees what they already knew — that he had picked up a petition for the mayor’s race at the Election Commission and would like those present to sign it, so that he could get it in by Thursday.
Thursday is the deadline for filings for the May 4 primary for countywide offices, and Ford was not alone among hopefuls with papers to sign. After he had finished his brief remarks and indulged in a Q and A about county government, he — and they — set about getting their homework done, and, in a display of the cooperative spirit, candidates began passing around each other’s petitions.
(It was doubtful, though, that Steve Webster and Jimmy Moore, say, Democratic and Republican candidates for Circuit Court Clerk, respectively, actually got into the act of such reciprocal back-scratching. And there were several other such cases of rivals passing around petitions, more or less in the same space...)